Fair Chance Hiring

Learn About the Benefits of Fair Chance Hiring

Employers can tap new talent when they hire individuals with criminal records.  Learn to reduce business risk and earn up to $10,000 in tax credits or $5,000 in wage reimbursements annually through Philadelphia’s Commerce Department’s Fair Chance Hiring Initiative. See below for link to application.

Download An Employer’s Brief on Fair Chance Hiring (in Greater Philadelphia)

Download Fact Sheets on Fair Hiring Practices:

How to Read a PA Criminal Record (updated 10/26/16)

Fair Hiring Best Practices

Federal Bonding

PREP Tax Credit (Philadelphia only)

Fair Chance Ordinance / “Ban the Box” (Philadelphia only)

InfoGraphic: Business Case for Fair Chance Hiring

Healthcare Employer’s Guide to Hiring People with Criminal Records

Philadelphia Works invites employers to share their questions and challenges so we can help find solutions. Contact Sue Hoffman shoffman@philaworks.org

To find qualified talent, call the Employer Services Line: 800-892-2288 or contact us at business@philaworks.org.

About Philadelphia’s Fair Chance Hiring Initiative

The Fair Chance Hiring Initiative (FCHI) was established to encourage businesses to provide previously incarcerated Philadelphians with meaningful employment opportunities. The City of Philadelphia has a commitment to diversity, inclusion and a workforce that reflects the city’s population. Integrating returning citizens into the workforce is a key element of growing the region’s furthering the City of Philadelphia’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and a workforce that reflects the City’s population.

Beginning in fiscal year 2018 (July 1st, 2017), an employer who fills a vacant position with one or more qualifying employees will become eligible for reimbursement after six months. A “Qualifying Employee” is a Philadelphia resident who was released from incarceration within the last five years. Qualifying employees must work a minimum of 21 hours per week and be paid at least $12.10 per hour. A $5 per hour reimbursement is allotted for each qualified position, up to 40 hours per week and a maximum of 1,000 hours per position annually.

Contact Information

Jonathan Todd

Director, Talent Development




Fair Chance Hiring Initiative Application